#Discovery Mixtape - An Introduction to Rising R&B Talent
#Discovery is a collection of handpicked artists, in collaboration with our good friends at YouKnowIGotSoul.com, that best represent the world of true R&B music. They are the next wave of artists to make their splash into the stream of music, and is our ongoing commitment to provide you with fresh artistic point of views that you probably won't hear on your local radio station. All we ask now is.. Are you ready to for your #Discovery? Click on the featured artist below to get to know them a bit more.
Antoine Dunn is pouring his heart into the Soul music arena revealing the true spirit of his music, unbridled and unmasked. This new single, “Can’t Forget,” is but an introduction to his dynamic sound. Its infectious melody leaves a lingering echo in the listener’s mind, where they simply “Can’t Forget.” The depth and layering of the song bears witness to his diverse musical background. The musical virtuosity demonstrated from start to finish is exactly why Elite Music Group, Inc. signed him in August 2011.
With music running through her veins, Elle was singing as soon as she could speak, playing the flute at 6 and the piano at 9. Fast forward to 2011 and she's already partnered up with rapper J. Cole, been featured on MSN’s Groove Urban Blog as the next big thing, and just launched her new video for "Only Want To Give It To You". A little girl whose deepest comfort was once found in the vibration of the human voice will soon be comforting this world with her highly anticipated debut album.
The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter has already made a song for himself when he penned platinum hits for artists such as Keri Hilson, R. Kelly, Trey Songz, Fabolous, Rick Ross, Pusha T and more. Turning the tables he has shown his musical talent stretches from the pen to the microphone and continues to carve his place in the industry day-by-day.
With awe-inspiring dance moves, a resounding voice, and charming presence, teen musician CJ Holland adds another dimension to modern pop. The Nashville singer became a viral phenomenon after uploading a video of his performance of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's classic, "The Girl is Mine" to YouTube. Ellen DeGeneres promptly booked CJ as a guest on her show as he mesmerized America in the process. He can sing and dance and his debut album is shaping up to be a music lovers must have!
The fresh talent definitely has captivated us since day one. The Florida native has managed to build a substantial grassroots following from his music, and has been making shock-waves within the industry to attract the attention of Arizona Iced Tea, Grooveshark, and Ne-Yo's Compound Entertainment.
Grammy Nominated songwriter Lonny Bereal has been behind the scenes for years and has written hits for artists such as Chris Brown, Pleasure P, Tank, Jamie Foxx, Keri Hilson, and Keyshia Cole, to name a few. Now with experience, connections, and a passion for music, he is now ready to turn some heads and showcase his other musical talents with the release of his upcoming debut album "The Love Train".
With each notes she sings, lyric she writes or piano key she strikes, songstress K. Michelle speaks her mind and makes no apologies for it. Taking a vow to stay true to herself, K. Michelle understands that part of being a noteworthy new artist isn’t just possessing talent but having something to say.
Like his name states, “a gift from the Heavens”, Mateo is lending his gift to alter the sound, image and passion behind the genre. With an out-of-this-world sound, inspiring lyrics and an authentic voice, Mateo is definitely one of those rare breeds of artists that have it all. Selling out shows and releasing music digitally to incredible downloads and accolades, Mateo is poised to become a living legend.
August has already been making a name for himself by penning tracks for Justin Biber, Iyaz, JLS, Jesse McCartney, Cheryl Cole, and other. After receiving a Grammy for his work, Now August is turning the spotlight around to focus on his own music with his newly released mixtape "Too Big To Fail".
We broke Bluey back in 2009 with our initial interview, and has been featured on our site countless times after. With a growing online presence, engaging personality, drop dead gorgeous vocal and, most importantly, a string of quality, credible pop hits, it’s clear that 2011 is Bluey’s for the taking.
Probably one of our favorite artists thus far. Classic, soulful melodies float effortlessly alongside hip-hop rhythms and percussion, as 24-year-old Trevor Wesley brings a refreshing sense of artistry and true talent to the R&B game. Trevor has had the privilege to demonstrate his vocal ability by singing alongside music legends Stevie Wonder and Patti LaBelle. If you're looking for soulful music with a fresh twist, you've just met your match!
Made his debut appearance when he was featured as a cameo appearance in Melanie Fiona's video "4AM", but was constantly writing behind the scenes for artists such as Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, & Britney Spears. There's no denying that this bright talent is headed in the right direction. Singersroom came through to co-sign and highlighted Luke this year in their "30 Under 30" Mixtape, while AOL featured him on the "15 Artists to Watch" list.
We featured this undeniable talent in our Youtube Talent section, and now with 1.5 million views on Youtube alone, his name is being tossed around with the likes of Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, and Bruno Mars. His covers and originals have earned spots on leading music websites. We're sure you'll become an instant fan once you hear his indisputable voice!
She was the 2011 Budweiser/Myspace Superfest Opening Act Grand Prize Winner, beating out talents from 12-major cities nationwide. However her recognition doesn't stop there! -- Tess' "Boy in the Window" was the selected as the winnning song in Soultrack's International Song Contest, and was a top three finalist in the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her brilliant and soulful authentic sound made her an easy pick to include within this project.